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D-Link DSL-2540B ADSL2/2+ Modem with 4-Port Ethernet Router TR067/069
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- Supports the latest ADSL standards for superior performance
- Access a high-speed DSL connection and share the Internet
- Connect up to 4 computers or other Ethernet-enabled devices
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The D-Link ADSL2/2+ Modem with 4-Port Ethernet Router (DSL-2540B) is a 2-in-1 device that combines the function of a DSL modem and 4-port 10/100 Ethernet router. The DSL-2540B supports the latest ADSL2/2+ standards to provide higher performance (up to 24Mbps* downstream and 3.5Mbps* upstream) and longer reach from your Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer (DSLAM). You can also create a wired network to share your high-speed Internet connection, documents, photos, music, videos, printers, and Network Attached Storage (NAS).
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I was a little dismayed by some of the more highly rated reviews of this modem/router as most of them complained about having to enter DSL settings manually when you get to the browser gateway to setting up service. I noted, however, that most of these particular reviews are from 2008 to 2010.
Thankfully, it appears that D-Link has updated their setup gateway in the last 4-6 years! The box comes with an installation CD, that I recommend nervous/novice users to use. If you are a bit more technologically sure of yourself, the browser setup does appear intimidating when you first get to it, but there is a setup wizard as soon as you get past setting up your Admin password. (Default Admin password is "Admin" - without the quotes.)
I've posted a couple of screenshots of the setup process so you can see there is a box you check, in step 3 of the wizard, that allows the unit to figure out the DSL settings for you. I've circled it in red, so you can't miss it. Right underneath the 6 fields it looks like you have to fill out yourself, there's the box at the bottom that says next to it: "Enable DSL Auto-scan." Just click that, and then the "Next" button below that. You don't have to call your ISP. (At least I didn't.)
You should pretty much be in the clear after Step 3. That really was the intimidating part. I hope this helped!
**For some reason, Amazon won't let me caption my pics. So here they are:
Pic 1: "This is the screen you will see after you set up your Admin password. Next you'll click the Setup Wizard button."
Pic 2: "You don't need to know the connection type, VPI or VCI, etc... just click the box to enable DSL Auto-scan, and you're past the worst of the setup process. They really should just put this box at the top, or at least mention this option with the description at the top of the page."
I also want to add that doing some research on NewEgg on this unit, several reviewers there were extremely adamant that you should NOT, NOT, NOT do a firmware update, or it will render the unit unusable. There's also a review or two here on Amazon that says the same thing.
With the right power supply this is a good unit. It manages to pull the full 10meg out of my 10meg service instead of the 8meg I got from the modem my ISP tried to give me. I've been using two computers on this, sometimes more, and one of them is pretty non-stop 10-hours a day. So it's handled a fairly heavy workload of video conferencing, email and data downloads in that 2-1/2 years.
No router is "easy" to set up unless you do it often, but the set up program is pretty good on this one and offers manual setup for more advanced users. You may still need to call your ISP and ask if they use PPPoE, PPPoA, or MAC, though the set-up wizard tries to figure this out for you and it does list some defaults for common ISP providers, which is nice. It should have taken me 20 mins. but life being what it is, my installation took a little over an hour because there're always several interacting hardware/software systems to check, change or restore when you're rebuilding your internet connection. You mave have to step in and enter some things manually but, with a couple of tries, I was able to avoid paying for tech support from my ISP. If you have a nice clean computer, that hasn't been tinkered with, already have your ID and password from your ISP, and you remember to plug everything in, the wizard might figure it out for you and do the entire install. Which, really, is about as good as it gets with this kind of thing. By the way, it's a smart wizard, but it's a slow one. Be patient.
So, for now anyway, I've got an extra router now that I don't need but maybe you can benefit from what I learned. Spend another $15 or so on a power supply that can provide at least twice the listed number of amps. (Same volts, more amps. Be sure to get the same sized plug) It will last longer and it will provide cleaner, smoother power.
FOLLOW-UP: So now, August 23, 2014, 14 months after I bought it and wrote this review the 2nd router failed. Again I think it's the 'made in China' 1Amp power supply. Fortunately I kept the old router and I'm using it, with the beefed up power supply mentioned above. When I bought the second copy, in June 2013, the beefed up power supply didn't fit it because they've changed the input jack to one with a very small hole. So, while the old one is humming away, I'm going to renew my search for a place that sells a plug adapter this small so I can use the 12v 3Amp power supply and plug it into the smaller hole. Then, I suspect I'll have two functioning routers again.
So be prepared for a little hassle if you want to buy this product. I haven't tried any other modems so I can't tell you if they are as difficult.
I wish dlink had included an installation cd as well.......instead all they do is give you a manual on a cd but after reading 68 pages you still don't know how to fix your problems....
All in all though I really do like this product......even with the hook up problems. It is so much nicer to have a modem and a router in one and looks much neater. Also my computers are running faster.....that shows the old modem was really on it's last leg.
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